Tennessee

A native of Mufreesboro and state poet laureate since 1995, Margaret Britton Vaughn's literary accomplishments are widespread. She has published numerous books of poetry, penned the official bicentennial poem of Tennessee, and she wrote the official poem for the Tennessee state quarter,“Mr. Tennessee Music Man.”

upcoming events

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Apr 21 2018
Poets from the Neighborhood: Poets Day
As POETS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD (PFTN) proudly enters its year of programs on WC-TV, we are pleased to announce the PFTN's 2nd Annual POETS DAY, in celebration of National Poetry Month, on April 21, 2018, at the Williamson County Public Library (WCPL), Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN.
 
Poets From The Neighborhood (PFTN)'s Annual POETS DAY is once again being organized as part of POETRY MONTH CELEBRATIONS with Williamson County Public Library, with events FREE & Open to public! We are Honored that our WC- Mayor has accepted our invitation to attend and Open the PFTN's 2nd Annual POETS DAY - 2018 celebrations. All the events including the public Open Mic Poetry Reading sessions will be recorded by the WC-Educational Channel, WC-TV. 
 
The events include (not limited to): 
 
1) Open Mic Poetry Sessions - Free & Open to public! 
* No age limit (kids and senior citizens welcome)
* Present only your own Original poems in English. Poems must be family friendly and of clean language. 
* Sign up @ the Door on Apr. 21st starting 9:45 AM / WCPL, Franklin.
* Reading order assigned on First Come First Served basis!
    
Open Mic for the Public:  
Morning Session: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
2) AUTHOR Booksigning & Reading: open to established poets!
* If you are a poet or author, please email us with information about your book or CD to reserve a spot for a booksigning table.
* Please specify if you want time assigned for reading from your poetry collection
  
3) PFTN's AWARD & Prizes
This is a Labor of Love by PFTN poets (no fees, payments, or charges) to motivate the youth, the seniors, aspiring amatuer poets & established poets alike.
 
Please let us know if you would like to help us in anyway such as:       
* Gift of poetry books - for prizes to Best Poetry Reading from Public Open Mic Poetry participants (Kids & Adults)
* Poets Day setting up before & after events
* Publicity and promotion (of PFTN & Poets Day)
 
We look forward to your participation AND please help us MOTIVATE THE POTENTIAL POETS in the community, young or old, (who might otherwise shy away) TO COME OUT & PARTICIPATE!
 
10:00am to 3:00pm
1314 Columbia Ave.
37064 Franklin, Tennessee

recent & featured listings

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Radio Program Everyday Poetry Tennessee
Festival Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word Tennessee
Reading Series Southbound: Southern Lit Alliance Tennessee
Reading Series River City Writers' Series Tennessee
Colony Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop Tennessee
Writing Program University of Tennessee, Chattanooga Tennessee
Writing Program University of Tennessee, Knoxville Tennessee
Writing Program Vanderbilt University Tennessee
Writing Program University of Memphis Tennessee
Writing Program Middle Tennessee State University Writer's Loft Tennessee

poems

poem
        in memory of Reetika Vazirani (1962-2003) and Rachel Wetzsteon (1967-2009)
 
Sewanee, Tennessee. 
Summer of '96, I went there for 
booze and poetry and rest. 
I danced a little dance; 
I talked a little shop. 
I forgot a recent ghost.  

"Invitation to a Ghost" 
was my favorite poem in Tennessee
poem
I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not
poem
All Nashville is a chill. And everywhere
Like desert sand, when the winds blow,
There is each moment sifted through the air,
A powdered blast of January snow.
O! thoughtless Dandelion, to be misled
By a few warm days to leave thy natural bed,
Was folly growth and blooming over soon.
And yet, thou blasted yellow-